Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Couple of things

- Yeah, I'm kinda with Gary Gerrard on this, primarily because it's partially an example of vigilante justice and partially because it has the very real possibility to hamper or manipulate actual police investigations.

- So what if it's 14 months until Election Day. We've got a challenge to Ira Edwards (because contested sheriff's races are always fun)! Seriously though, Kenneth Brown has an impressive resume and deep roots in this community, plus he's running an independent rather than challenge Edwards in the Democratic primary. He said it's because he doesn't think the sheriff's office should be a partisan race, which I agree, but typically folks who run as 'independent' rather than in a primary always make you raise an eyebrow. It'll be interesting to watch, though Edwards will be mighty hard to beat.

- First O.J. and now an out-of-work reporter from the Savannah Morning News. Who knew armed robbery was all the rage?

- Rand Knight takes on the liberal media!

- Blake asks if we're NIMBYs or cautious with regard to the bioscience facility, and I think we're somewhere in between. Obviously with something like this coming into your community you want to maintain a close eye on the situation, but also this is an excellent opportunity for Athens-Clarke County. As of now, I feel very secure with the containment procedures and safety measures, and I hope we can land it. It would be a boon for our economy and for our reputation.

- I hate to break it to you Barry, but there ain't a whole lot you can do aside from Georgia never hosting a home football game again. When you get close to 100,000 people crammed onto a few square miles of real estate, with a select and ignorant few acting irresponsible and boorish, you're going to have problems. Already the UGA Police and Athens-Clarke County Police have to rely on out-of-county assistance to keep up with the demands placed on them by game days.

- Are the inmates running the asylum at Peach Pundit? Fantasy football? A dearth of posts? Duplication of content? No Fred Thompson references in 24 hours?

7 Comments:

Blogger Mike-El said...

Fred-mania at Peach Pundit is going back in history. They don't remember the details of it.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Jmac said...

They're getting sloppy over there. There are four or five duplicate posts, which is weird.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While it's true that not much can be done to prevent the boorish behavior of the few, the university could at least make sure that the door lock properly. This is a public safety issue year-round and not just for football weekends.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Jmac said...

... the university could at least make sure that the door lock properly.

The article indicated the doors were locked, and they were pried open (which is destruction of property), but, yes, I agree.

Though it is a fine line, particularly with regard to non-football weekends. You want to maintain access for students and faculty to use the resources they have on campus. Maybe putting key cards that one could access with their UGA ID would be a way to start.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure glad that nobody loves our house as much as they love UGA!

I saw so many expressions of undying devotion to Dear Ol' UGA in the form of piles of beer bottles and cans left on every brick wall and piling around every set of stairs and building that I almost wept at the outpouring of pride in their campus. It must have taken thousands of people to litter the entire North Campus so comprehensively in this monumental display of pride and respect for the college they all love so well!

Clearly, they love the Law School and Terry College as much as any group could love any institution as the mounds of litter and trash were especially prominent and impressive in that area.

Alas, I did not have a single item of trash to leave as a token of my esteem for the hallowed halls that I hold so dear. I felt so guilty and remorseful that I had no offering and it never occured to me that I could have demonstrated my school spirit by destroying some property. I guess I just lack imagination.

If you love something so much, you should really heap piles of garbage on it and vandalize it for the world to witness how much you truly love the place. ;-)

Al

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Bill Overend said...

Al, you lack imagination...

You had biological litter in your bladder the whole time.

Next time, remember you can also show your love for your alma matter by peeing on a wall...

2:30 PM  
Blogger Polusplagchnos said...

Johnathan, I must protest. It is not a select and ignorant few. I understand and trust that you and your party police your tailgating area and wouldn't think of breaking into Mary Lyndon or Marine Sciences, and I know there are many who are this respectful. However, there is a very sizable and general disrespect of the campus and the buildings closed to the public during gamedays, particularly gamedays with evening kick-offs. The horticultural gardens are trampled and purposefully ruined, for reasons I cannot explain or understand, and besotted drunks seem to enjoy breaking glass all too often regardless of what the purpose of that glass was.

The thing is, the privilege of wealth is clearly evident in that it allows people to treat the campus in the exact same manner, without any self-consciousness about it, that they deplore "ghetto people" for treating public housing. There, I said it.

2:56 PM  

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